All about Google’s Instant / Predictive search feature launched September 8, 2010

Google Testing I’m Feeling Lucky Search Button Within Search Suggestions Drop Down

google-imfl-instant A reader sent us a screen shot of Google testing displaying the Google Search and I'm Feeling Lucky search buttons within the search suggest or Google Instant drop down menu, as you type. Here is a screen shot sent by the reader showing the search buttons directly in the search suggestions drop down: It doesn't surprise me when I see unusual Google tests and yet here is one more. The buttons are available on the Google.com home page. But no one really gets a chance to use them since Google Instant launched. But now, maybe that they are being tested in the Google Instant search sug [...]


Two Years Later, BitTorrent Back In Google’s Auto Completions After Piracy Removal

BT_wavelogo_purple_huge Over two years ago, Google removed BitTorrent from the instant search auto-complete search suggestions. Now, it appears that when you begin typing [bit...] into the Google search box, Google now shows BitTorrent as a search suggestion within Google Instant search. Here is a screen shot of the search auto-completion within Google: Over the years, Google has censored various piracy related search queries from their auto-completion. I am not sure why Google is now allowing BitTorrent to show up, while searches for The Pirate Bay, [RapidShare] and [isoHunt] still do not return auto-compl [...]


Google Continues Censoring Piracy-Related Search Suggestions By Blocking Grooveshark

google-search-censored-featured TorrentFreak reports Google has added another website to the piracy block list for their instant search suggestions. The site is named Grooveshark, which is a popular free music streaming service. Google would not comment specifically about Grooveshark, but told TorrentFreak, "our algorithms prevent terms closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete." Back in January 2011, Google began filtering piracy related terms from their instant search suggestions. Google said then that they will "prevent terms that are closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete. [...]


Google Testing New ‘Search Within’ Tool; Also, Bigger URLs In Search Results

Google logo Here are a couple current user interface changes that Google appears to be testing. Search Within The first one comes to us from Tecno-Net, and shows Google adding a "Search Within" command to its Google Instant interface. When you do certain searches -- like [CNN], [Apple] or [Google] -- one of the options that Google Instant shows is "Search Within," which allows you to limit your search to the specific website. If that doesn't quite make sense, Tecno-Net's video should make it more clear: Bigger Green URLS One other test involves larger text on the green-colored URL that Google s [...]


Google Removed The Pirate Bay From Instant Search

copyright-piracy-featured TorrentFreak reports Google has removed The Pirate Bay from showing up in Google's search suggestions within Google Instant Search. Google Instant Search will auto-complete the search phrase based on search popularity and other factors. Prior to today, Google would auto-complete for the domain thepiratebay but now, Google has added that to their piracy filter list. In January 2011, Google removed many piracy related searches from showing up in Instant Search. They included the popular piracy sites and terms "torrent," "BitTorrent" and others. Today, The Pirate Bay made the list of pir [...]


How Google Autocomplete Can Affect Your Brand’s SEO & ORM Strategy

google-autocomplete-featured Have you ever typed a company name into Google and been instantly greeted with words like ‘scam’ or ‘complaints’ by Google Autocomplete? That can’t be good for business, and it is a situation that more and more organizations are finding themselves in. Being part of a firm that is heavily involved in Online Reputation Management (ORM), we take on a wide range of tasks. There is a bit of everything, from helping individuals clean up search results for their names to partnering with corporations to identify and fix reputation problems. One of the most common issues we get now, fro [...]


Google Instant: Only On When Your Computer Can Handle It

google-instant-settings-2 As part of the January search update provided by Google - Google Instant has a new default preference. The new preference is to only enable it if your computer can handle it - otherwise, Google will disable Google Instant results. If you go to the search preferences it should say Google Instant is only enabled when "my computer is fast enough" and then show if Google thinks your computer is or is not fast enough. Here is a picture: Google said: Automatically disable Google Instant based on computer speed. [project codename "Psychic Search"] Google Instant has long had the ability to [...]


Google Instant Costs Google $65,000 In France

google-suggest-logo The Local, a French newspaper, reports Google France was ordered to pay €50,000 ($64,670) to Lyonnaise de Garantie, a French insurance company over a search suggestion that had them labeled as being a "crook." In the case of this French company, when you typed in their company name, Lyonnaise de Garantie it suggested at the end of the name escroc, which means crook or swindler. Google lost the case and was ordered to pay €50,000 ($64,670). As you know, Google's Search Suggestions, part of Google Instant, shows search result completions as you type. The suggestions are based off of [...]


Even Google Thinks “Romney Can’t Win”

romney can win US presidential candidate Republican Mitt Romney can't seem to catch a break even from Google. Not only does it suggest that he can't win, if you start typing in Romney's name, but if you disagree, Google tries to correct you. Suggestion: Romney Can't Win Start typing in Romney, and Google as its top suggestion "romney can't win," as you can see below: Did You Really Mean He Can Win? Romney believers who ignore the suggestion and go on to search for "romney can win" get this response: "Did you mean: romney can't win" -- that's Google's spell checking system kicking in. Don't Bla [...]


Where Did Cached Pages Go On Google?

Since Google launched the new instant previews just about a month ago, the question we have seen come up from searchers time and time again is "where did the cached page go?" Yes, Google has moved the "cached" and "similar" links from near the display URL in the search results and to the instant preview section. To see it yourself, when you conduct a search, mouse over the search result and you should see a little bar and arrow show up on the right of the search result snippet. Either hold it there or click on it: When you click on it, a preview of the page will open up to [...]


Google Instant Previews Via Mouse Over

Google has announced an improvement to their instant previews feature they originally launched in November of last year. The improvement lets you simply hover your mouse over a search result and the preview will automatically show up on the right hand preview column. Google said: Now these previews are no longer even a click away: if you move your mouse over a search result, arrows will appear. Hover over them to see a visual preview of that result. Here is a picture: I personally do not see this feature yet, but many have reported seeing this being tested for months now and [...]


Google Tests Smooth Animated Instant Previews Effect

Mark Reynolds documented new instant previews functionality implemented, as a test, by Google. Google Instant Previews launched in November 2009 and since then has undergone many updates and changes. This new change seems to give a more animated, transition feel to when you activate the instant preview. It is a smooth and slower pop out of the instant preview than what Google first launched with. Mark provided this nice video that shows the new interface in action: Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. I personally still see the old fashion interface fo [...]


Flash Support For Google Instant Previews

Google announced they are now adding Flash support to their instant previews. Google Instant Previews launched in November, giving Google searchers a way to preview the landing page of the search results prior to visiting the page. When it first launched it did not support Flash web sites and the previews were not fully visible on those results. But now, Google is rolling out Instant Previews for Flash based web sites. Google offers tips on ensuring your Flash sites display well within the Instant Previews: Make sure that your site has a reasonable, seamless experience for visitors [...]


Google Instant’s Autocomplete Now Also Works On Word-By-Word Basis

Google announced they have improved the Google Instant autocomple suggestions feature to work better at suggesting particular words, in addition to full search phrases. Google explained that many searches done at Google were never done before, so offering up predictions on a long tail query can be complex. But if you look at only part of the query, the chances of that query being done before at Google increases tremendously. The example given by Google was [florida state senate building], where the four word query is not all that common, but the query [state senate building] is much mor [...]


Google Instant Now On New Google Toolbar 7

Google Instant continues to spread. The company has just announced that it's one of several new features on Google Toolbar 7 for Internet Explorer 8 and 9. Google Instant has to be activated via the Toolbar Options menu, and once it's on, Instant works the same way it does on Google.com. The Escape button on your keyboard takes you back to the page you were on before you started searching. Another new feature is personalization on the toolbar -- the tools you use most will remain visible, while others will be moved to a "More" button. Finally, Google has collected all of its priva [...]


How Google Instant’s Autocomplete Suggestions Work

google-autocomplete-featured It's a well known feature of Google. Start typing in a search, and Google offers suggestions before you've even finished typing. But how does Google come up with those suggestions? When does Google remove some suggestions? When does Google decide not to interfere? Come along for some answers. Google & Search Suggestions Google was not the first search engine to offer search suggestions, nor it is the only one. But being the most popular search engine has caused many to look at Google's suggestions more closely. Google has been offering "Google Suggest" or "Autocomplete" on the Google [...]


Google Must Censor Google Instant In Italy For Derogatory Suggestions

google-italy-instant-censored-featured ZDNet UK reports the Court of Milan has ruled that Google has to filter the auto-completions that Google Instant provides in Italy. The issue is that someone was searching for a particular name and Google offered search completions for the name with con man or fraud. The individual sued forcing Google to filter out those suggestions and won, requiring Google remove any libellous search suggestions for his name. The Court of Milan upheld that ruling on March 31st. The court felt the auto-completions were something being produced by Google and thus did not fall under the protection of th [...]


Google Instant Now For Google Places

Google has launched Google Instant Search for Google Place search results. To see this yourself, conduct a search on Google and then click on "Places" in the left-hand panel. Then type in the search box and Google Instant will predict and auto fill your searches. Here is an example query for pizza: Google continues to roll out Google Instant on their vertical search features. Last month, Google Product Search gained Instant Search and Google promises to "continue to expand Instant to all views, languages and domains over the next few months." This roll out comes the week afte [...]


Yahoo Search Direct Takes On Google Instant By Providing Answers In The Search Box

yahoo-search-featured Yahoo CTO Blake Irving introduced Yahoo's challenge to Google Instant, "Search Direct," at a press event today at the offices of Yahoo's PR agency. (See Danny's head to head comparison of Yahoo and Google Instant.) Before diving into the news, Irving first reviewed Yahoo's strategy (presented as a periodic table). Yahoo Instant Search Take Two Irving then moved on to the main event: Search Direct. The simple way to describe it is as Yahoo's version of Google's Instant Search but with richer content. It's intended to apply to both the PC and mobile experiences (including tablets). Irvi [...]


Google Adds Video Instant Previews To Some Results

Google has added a new type of instant previews to the Google search results. The new previews are designed specifically for video results. The video instant previews show you several frames from a video and may even play the video preview when you mouse over the thumbnail image. I should not, not all video results have instant previews, the video providers have to opt to show these previews. How Instant Video Previews Work: (1) Search Google or Google Video search and look for a video result. (2) Mouse over or click on the magnifying glass preview icon. (3) A drop down of 4 f [...]


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